Trying to choose the best-performance materials is a complex task due to the vast set of alternatives. Likewise, multiple criteria such as environmental impact, design suitability, and cost are often considered by the purchasing agent when evaluating materials. Moreover, it is often the case that these criteria present tradeoffs making the decision's complexity even higher. Thus, considering that buildings have multiple systems with their own material selection process, this paper proposes the application of a systematic and efficient method to support this process. The proposed method ranks candidate materials using multiple criteria, allowing decision makers to easily include their preferences. A computational experiment based on data available in theliterature is presented to demonstrate its use in the construction field. Copyright ASCE 2009.